‘Dangerous Proposition’: Biden Admin Power Players Directing Billions In Subsidies Raises Cronyism Risk, Watchdogs Say
- June 27, 2023
President Joe Biden has tasked several Democratic political insiders with overseeing the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and loans, an arrangement which three government watchdog groups told the Daily Caller News Foundation could heighten the risk of cronyism and unethical governance.
“John Podesta’s influence on Biden Administration policy predates his tenure at the White House,” Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the DCNF. “Documents we received from a FOIA lawsuit against the State Department indicate he and his organization were among the outside actors actively involved in the development of policy and international relations at the State Department’s Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the office headed by John Kerry.”
“Secretary Granholm has already shown an apparent willingness to push the ethics envelope,” Chamberlain told the DCNF, adding that concerns regarding unethical spending “may be more than merely speculative” in the cases of the three Democratic insiders. “As it turns out, the potential conflicts look to have been even worse than we thought,” Chamberlain said, referring to Granholm’s failure to divest from Proterra until after she took office.